How we assess your performance

What we compare against 

The level of the specialty-specific papers is set so that a doctor with at least 12 months' experience in the specialty would be expected to meet the required standard. The level of the foundation paper is set so that a doctor who has completed foundation year 1 would be expected to meet the required standard.

Your performance is compared against a standard set mark. 

The standard set mark is calculated using the modified Angoff method. A panel of six to ten doctors decide what percentage of 'just passing' doctors would answer each question correctly. The average estimate for each question is then calculated and averaged for all the questions in the assessment. 

Sample questions

While we don’t publish previous assessments, these sample questions give an example of the format and level of questions for each of the assessments.

We also hold pilot days to test our questions on volunteer candidates to make sure they are reliable, set at the right level, and fair to the doctor being assessed.